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One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

One Good Turn (2006)

by Kate Atkinson

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Kate Atkinson è una delle mie scrittrici preferite. I suoi gialli un po' complicati dove tutti i particolari si incastrano perfettamente alla fine e i suoi personaggi alcuni sempre un po' surreali rilassano e divertono. Il suo stile di scrittura è magnifico. ( )
  Angela.Me | Jun 10, 2017 |
As fun as ever. Light but with littered with quiet, intelligent wordplay. Jackson Brodie becomes embroiled with the complex lives of Peugot guy and Honda Man, and Martin Canning, the mild author, and Gloria in her beautiful house, dreaming of other lives, and Russian maids, and builders. Oh, and an actress. All of the major characters have lovely light and dark, with good backstories that are quietly revealed. ( )
  devilish2 | May 3, 2017 |
This was a silly but compelling story of the intertwining of so many characters that at one point i had to write the names down in order to keep them straight. A fellow is on his way to commit some kind of clandestine act. On the way he is involved in a fender bender when the driver of the other car attacks him unmercifully. Enter a mild mannered writer who witnesses the act and throws his computer bag at the assailant to deter him. Soon afterward the bodies start to pile up. What is the relationship of all these people to each other.
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  AstridG | Apr 28, 2017 |

Well, she's still a delight to read, if you can get over the constant spiraling into other aspects of the story. Often you can't determine if she's telling you valuable information, but nearly always she is. As usual with Atkinson, you need to bear with it because it does bear fruit.

I will admit I was more impatient with her writing style this time around than the first time. But the story was more fun in this installment. It's as if she decided that she would throw caution to the wind and instead create something truly bizarro. I think that along with it, she threw some police procedures to the wind as well, which makes it a little more unbelievable than usual. It also didn't have the creep factor that the first one did (the first one's spookiness did a lot to keep me going through all the interrupting prose).

I like Atkinson's writing enough that I'll bear with the next one, but if it is even more crazy, I may move to the TV series instead. ( )
  khage | Mar 6, 2017 |
enough to want to continue reading the series. Like Brodie. ( )
  MicheleMG | Feb 1, 2017 |
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Every day was a gift, she told herself, that was why it was called the present.
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The matronly cashmere seemed to confirm something that Gloria had suspected for some time, that she had gone straight from youth to old age and had somehow managed to omit the good bit in between.
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It is the Edinburgh Festival. People queuing for a lunchtime show witness a road-rage incident - an incident which changes the lives of everyone involved. Jackson Brodie, ex-army, ex-police, ex-private detective, is also an innocent bystander - until he becomes a suspect.

With Case Histories, Kate Atkinson showed how brilliantly she could explore the crime genre and make it her own. In One Good Turn she takes her masterful plotting one step further. Like a set of Russian dolls each thread of the narrative reveals itself to be related to the last. Her Dickensian cast of characters are all looking for love or money and find it in surprising places. As ever with Atkinson what each one actually discovers is their true self.
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Kate Atkinson began her career with a winner: Behind the Scenes at the Museum, which captured the Whitbread First Novel Award. She followed that success with four other books, the last of which was Case Histories, her first foray into the mystery-suspense-detective genre. In that book she introduced detective Jackson Brodie, who reopened three cold cases and ended up a millionaire. A great deal happened in-between.

In One Good Turn Jackson returns, following his girlfriend, Julia the actress, to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh. He manages to fall into all kinds of trouble, starting with witnessing a brutal attack by "Honda Man" on another man stuck in a traffic jam. Is this road rage or something truly sinister? Another witness is Martin Canning, better known as Alex Blake, the writer. Martin is a shy, withdrawn, timid sort who, in a moment of unlikely action, flings a satchel at the attacker and spins him around, away from his victim. Gloria Hatter, wife of Graham, a millionaire property developer who is about to have all his secrets uncovered, is standing in a nearby queue with a friend when the attack takes place. There is nastiness afoot, and everyone is involved. Nothing is coincidental.

Through a labyrinthine plot which is hard to follow because the points of view are constantly changing, the real story is played out, complete with Russians, false and mistaken identities, dead bodies, betrayals, and all manner of violent encounters. Jackson gets pulled in to the investigation by Louise Monroe, a police detective and mother of an errant 14-year-old. There might be yet another novel to follow which will take up the connection those two forge in this book. Or, Jackson might just go back to France and feed apples to the local livestock.

Atkinson has written an enjoyable and lively story of no degrees of separation among the most unlikely cast of characters. Some plot lines have been left to drift, but it does hang together in a satisfying fashion. --Valerie Ryan

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Millionaire ex-detective Jackson Brodie follows his girlfriend to Edinburgh for the famous arts festival, but when he witnesses a brutal attack on a man, he becomes caught up in a string of events that draw him into a deadly conspiracy.

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